The host of Reading Rainbow and star of Star Trek: The Next Generation, LeVar Burton, has a specific ritual to keep from getting shot by police:
We like to congratulate ourselves on our black president and pretend racism doesn’t exist in America.
LeVar Burton’s story says otherwise.
It’s insane. But it’s common sense for Burton. The way everyone else in the video responds is a good indication that Burton’s little ‘don’t get shot’ ritual is the norm.
It’s one of many things I’ll have to teach my son, the kinds of things I don’t normally have to think about because I’m white.